I haven’t always been a beach lover and there was a period when I absolutely abhorred being under the sun, although I grew up in the islands, so I find it a surprise that lately I have been craving for Vitamin sea. Fast forward to […]
Every now and then I look for a place to clear my mind, a place for solace and a place for calm. Life in the office can be too much sometimes. All the demands and all the deadlines can send you spiralling to toxicity beyond you can ever imagine.
I never thought that I would be in a situation like this; happy to have work which pays the bills, buys me the things I want and pays for my trips but at the same time I also abhor all the long hours in the office and the incessant tasks which seem to pile one on top of the other. No, you do not have to quit to travel but you at least have to love your job for you to stay sane.
It seems that all I ever do nowadays is think of my next trip; plan the itinerary and think of all the goodies I will be eating and all the quirky cafes I will be visiting. So, what do I do to stay sane when my next trip is still just a few months away?
“Cak cak cak”. On and on goes the chant from half-naked men sitting in a circle around a fire. They are in a trance, “cak cak cak”. Inebriated perhaps? No. Got a little hash-hish in their system? Wrong again. This is the most stunning of all Balinese dances. Brace yourselves as you are about to witness the dramatic and mesmerising Kecak and Fire Dance.
Kecak Dance is always performed before sunset and with the Uluwatu overlooking the Indian Ocean, the gods themselves could not have chosen a more apropos venue. There is no other source of light aside from the lone fire in the middle of the circle. It casts shadows on the faces of the men as they chant.
Halong Bay in Hanoi, Vietnam has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Annually, tourists travel to Halong Bay to marvel at its beauty and swim in its waters. However, very few really know the mystery that lie in its calm waters.
The word “halong” literally means descending dragon. According to legend, during the old times when the country of Vietnam was just formed, there were fierce invaders from the north. The Jade Emperor felt sorry for the country and the people so he sent the Mother Dragon and her children down to earth to help the ancient Vietnamese people.
Life is constant search for respite, for beauty, for fulfilment and for goodness. Everywhere we go we always look around to see the good and the beautiful. All these things I have found during my trip to Vietnam. Surprisingly, while crossing Vietnam’s busy streets under the scorching heat of the sun, while dodging loud motorbikes honking here and there, I found peace and contentment in the eyes and beautiful faces of the Vietnamese and when I say beauty I mean it. I saw so many beautiful Vietnamese women during my trip.